Country/Roots singer Li’l Andy will launch his new full-length album, While the Engines Burn, in the winter of 2014. The record marks the first time the artist the Pop Montreal festival calls “Montreal’s greatest country songwriter today” has collaborated with a producer, Plants and Animals’ frontman, Warren C. Spicer.
Recorded over 10 dizzying days at Montreal’s MixArt Studio (Wolf Parade, Rufus Wainwright), While the Engines Burn is a song-cycle that combines country and folk traditions and influences as diverse as Hank Williams and 1920s German composer Kurt Weill to create a new breed of lyrically-based folk music. The new album builds on the dark, brooding sound Andy perfected on 2011’s, All Who Thirst Come to the Waters, which lead The Village Voice to proclaim: “This is Roots-based Americana that actually deserves to be made.”
Over the past eight years, Li’l Andy has earned a reputation as Canada’s foremost practitioner of country music for the thinking man. His album, All Who Thirst Come to the Waters, was nominated for both Best Roots/Folk album at the Quebec Independent Music Awards (GAMIQ).
released September 1, 2015
All songs written by Li’l Andy
Produced by Li’l Andy, Joe Grass & Warren C. Spicer
Horn arrangements by Joe Grass
Recorded on 2-inch tape by Warren C. Spicer at MixArt Studios, September 7-9 and October 25 to 28, 2012, then mixed to tape by Warren in January 2013.
“On the Long and Lonely Ride” was recorded by James Anderson in the Sackville Music Hall at SappyFest Six, July 30th, 2011. Around 2:00 a.m.
Mastered by Ryan Morey at Grey Market Mastering
Li'l Andy: vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, pump organ
Hans Bernhard: upright bass
Ben Caissie: drums
Joe Grass: pedal-steel guitar
Josh Toal: electric bass
Joshua Zubot: fiddle